CIS in the news.

  • Will your 'driverless' car ever get a traffic ticket?

    Date published: 
    December 31, 2012

    "“Imagine that someone invents a time machine. Does she break the law by using that machine to travel to the past? Whether the new technology is time machines or automated vehicles, the answer is not an automatic yes or no.” The statement opens a recent paper by Bryant Walker Smith, a fellow of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Professor Smith’s paper deals with the question of “driverless cars.”"

  • In An Accident, Who Will A Driverless Car Be Programmed To Kill?

    Date published: 
    December 17, 2012

    "These ethical programming decisions will be made as a matter of company policy, and buyers may find themselves forced to buy into the brand whose ethics most closely align with their own. "If you had to choose between a car that would always save as many lives as possible in an accident, or one that would always save you at all costs, which would you buy?" asks Lin."

  • When is Social Media Use a Crime?

    Date published: 
    December 17, 2012

    Newtown school shooting raises the question of whether someone can be prosecuted for posting false information online.
    "What the prosecutors would have to show is that the post or the tweet or whatever it happens to be was done intentionally, was done on purpose, in order to interfere with the investigation, in order to create a public panic, and that's a relatively high bar to show," said CIS Affiliate Scholar Ryan Calo.

  • Instagram’s Absurd New Terms of Use Agreement Is Already Being Called Its ‘Suicide Note’

    Date published: 
    December 17, 2012

    "These kinds of terms are pretty common these days, which is unfortunate, because some of them border on the ridiculous," says Woodrow Hartzog, an assistant professor at Samford University law school who writes frequently about law and the internet. Hartzog says that Instagram needs some level of copyright control user images because "many copies of user content are created via ordinary operation of the website." But he adds, "I think it is fair to question the scope of many of these terms as potentially outside of the realm of what is required to operate.

  • Are Odd Electives a Waste?

    Date published: 
    December 16, 2012

    For instance: "Aspects of Autonomous Driving," the course offered at Stanford University Law School.
    "We can teach torts through 18th-century English cases, or we can teach torts through modern automotive class actions,'' said Bryant Walker-Smith, who teaches the class.

  • Self-driving cars can navigate the road, but can they navigate the law?

    Date published: 
    December 14, 2012

    "Florida, Nevada and California have all passed laws to make the cars street legal, thanks in large part to big lobbying efforts by Google, but according to Professor Smith, those bills only scratch the surface. "They don't really resolve the human driver's obligations behind the wheel," Smith told The Verge. "

  • Facebook changes privacy controls again and takes a key one away

    Date published: 
    December 12, 2012

    University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo said “preserving obscurity is the best way to protect privacy. This is an example of a company taking obscurity away.”

    “It feels almost as though Facebook is trying to acclimate users -- even recalcitrant ones -- to a world of personal transparency,” Calo said.
  • FTC: Apps For Children Raise Privacy Concerns

    Date published: 
    December 11, 2012

    The Federal Trade Commission has released a report taking to task the makers of mobile apps for children. It says apps are not transparent enough about the personal information they collect. It's the latest sign the Obama administration is concerned about children's privacy online.

    CIS Affiliate Scholar Ryan Calo interviewed. 

  • Woman Says Cops Looked up Her License 550 Times

    Date published: 
    December 7, 2012

    "It seems in some way the officers involved here were treating the DMV records like their own personal Facebook," says CIS Affiliate Scholar Ryan Calo in this MSNBC story.

  • Who Can Read Your Emails Now?

    Date published: 
    December 4, 2012

    "Law enforcement and civil parties could also get a public email provider to turn over messages with less than a warrant if the email isn't considered "in electronic storage." But what exactly that means has varied between courts, Granick said."